A film about outsiders - immigrants, people living on the margins of "civilised" societies. Often caught in a limbo, never realising the land of their dreams in reality only brings them humiliation, rejection, and loneliness. It's also a film about the human need for an emotional connection, friendship. The film is quiet, like a mellow, hypnotising dream - mainly thanks to the camerawork and perfectly matched music.
Has a fairytale quality to makes it hugely gripping. The acting is top-notch, especially from the girl that emote more soul than all those overpaid Hollywood actors combined. Actually sad to see it come to an end as there was something about this atmosphere that would make me wanna watch even more of it.
What a wonderful narrative. Characters spoke to me and took me by hand deep into the history of their encounter and connection. Sanchez has an impressive thickness and the young girl is striking and daring as well. I would have wished the story not to end. Now I must absolutely watch the rest of the trilogy. MUBI, pls? :)
Undoubtedly an honest, sensitive and tranquil meditation on multiple forms of homecoming, this is a film with integrity and with a good lead (Sanchez). What, I think, is missing is a cinematic aesthetic that would render imagery more dense and semantically resourceful -in line with the resourcefulness of the two characters who despite rejection and rootlessness generate a new bonding. Recommended, but too serene...
Gorgeous, immersive, poignant, humane, and revelatory. In every way a more alive work of film than Littlerock (the enjoyable yet implausible and ultimately thin alienation tale that introduced filmgoers to Ott). There remain brief, queasy moments when he fails to thread the needle between finding poetry in hope / unwittingly romanticizing poverty, but these are overcome and the film suggests great achievements ahead.
Each movie in the trilogy addresses the experience of being apart from the people and places associated with home, building new connections, and the pain and occassional joy of gradually becoming part of new surroundings. This is my favorite of the three, with its remarkable understanding of this child's way of imagining the world. Beautiful.
There's something I find lacking in modern indie movies. It's as if the artist vanishes in them, or else is lost in the image of reality they seek to recreate. For this reason, they seem to lack a distinct personality. This movie is different though. It dares to be about something other than the lives of white twenty somethings, and it finds in its subject matter a new mood, a new character, a distinct identity.